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Bailey Cove Morning: Wicked City

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Author: 
Ace Atkins
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Wicked City

PLEASE NOTE: this meeting has been rescheduled from the 12th!  We hope to see you here at the Library!

In the 1950s the "wickedest city in America" was not Las Vegas but Phenix City, AL. Located just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, GA, and nearby Fort Benning, it was a notorious haven for gamblers, prostitutes (about a thousand in a town of 23,000 people), con men, and murderers. Worse, this cesspool of vice and human depravity was run by a corrupt political and law enforcement machine that thwarted any attempt at reform with intimidation and violence. But the 1954 assassination of Attorney General-elect Albert Patterson, who had vowed to clean up Phenix City, set events in motion that would change this town forever. Atkins's sixth novel (after White Shadow) and the first set in his home state of Alabama is a fictionalized retelling of this chilling murder and its dramatic aftermath. As reflected in Atkins's use of shifting narratives between the first-person voice of Lamar Murphy, a boxer-turned-gas station owner who becomes the town's new reform-minded sheriff, and the third-person perspectives of the criminals who stop at nothing to hold onto their power, this is the classic Western tale of good vs. evil, "played out not with horses and Winchesters but with Chevys and Fords and .38s and switchblades." The result is a gripping, superb crime story, all the more remarkable because it really did happen. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: Wicked City

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Bailey Cove Morning: Dreaming in Chinese : Mandarin lessons in life, love, and language

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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9780802779137
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Deborah Fallows
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Dreaming in Chinese : Mandarin lessons in life, love, and language

 Deborah Fallows has spent much of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language, or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering the behavior and habits of its people,and its culture's conundrums. As her skill with Mandarin increased, bits of the language; a word, a phrase, an oddity of grammar became windows into understanding romance, humor, protocol, relationships, and the overflowing humanity of modern China.Fallows learned, for example, that the abrupt, blunt way of speaking that Chinese people sometimes use isn't rudeness, but is, in fact, a way to acknowledge and honor the closeness between two friends. She learned that English speakers' trouble with hearing or saying tones the variations in inflection that can change a word's meaning is matched by Chinese speakers' inability not to hear tones, or to even take a guess at understanding what might have been meant when foreigners misuse them. In sharing what she discovered about Mandarin, and how those discoveries helped her understand a culture that had at first seemed impenetrable, Deborah Fallows's Dreaming in Chinese opens up China to Westerners more completely, perhaps, than it has ever been before.

 

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Bailey Cove Morning - Kennedy's Brain

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Henning Mankell
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Kennedy's Brain

Convinced that her beloved twenty-eight-year-old son was killed in spite of a police ruling that he committed suicide, archaeologist Louise Cantor travels throughout the world in search of answers, an endeavor marked by additional murders, dangerous secrets, and sobering truths about the African AIDS epidemic. This discussion will also be the Book Club holiday potluck with a Swedish theme. Mankell is a Swedish author, and Monday, December 13, is St. Lucy's Day. Bring your favorite Swedish treat! Read more about Bailey Cove Morning - Kennedy's Brain

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Bailey Cove Morning - Postmistress

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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9780399156199
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Sarah Blake
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Postmistress

The stories of a small Cape Cod postmistress and an American radio reporter stationed in London collide on the eve of the United States's entrance into
World War II, a meeting that is shaped by a broken promise to deliver a letter. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning - Postmistress

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Bailey Cove Morning - Three Cups of Tea

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Greg Mortenson
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Three Cups of Tea

Traces how the author, having been rescued and resuscitated by Himalayan villagers after a failed attempt to climb K2, worked to build schools that
would benefit the young girls who were forbidden an education by Taliban restrictions. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning - Three Cups of Tea

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Bailey Cove Morning: The Help

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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0399155341
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Kathryn Stockett
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The Help

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: The Help

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Bailey Cove Morning: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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1588382478
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Mark Twain
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Perhaps the best-loved nineteenth-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life and array of irresistible characters—the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky—as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave. This novel is the 2010 selection for Alabama's state-wide The Big Read. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Bailey Cove Morning: The Egyptologist

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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1400062500
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Arthur Phillips
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The Egyptologist

From the bestselling author of Prague comes a witty, inventive, brilliantly constructed novel about an Egyptologist obsessed with finding the tomb of an apocryphal king. This darkly comic labyrinth of a story opens on the desert plains of Egypt in 1922, then winds its way from the slums of Australia to the ballrooms of Boston by way of Oxford, the battlefields of the First World War, and a royal court in turmoil. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning: The Egyptologist

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Bailey Cove Morning - Julie & Julia

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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031610969X
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Julie Powell
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Julie & Julia

Julie Powell is 30 years old, living in a tiny apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mother's worn, dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and she will cook all 524 recipes -- in the span of one year. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning - Julie & Julia

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Bailey Cove Morning - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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9780061374227
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David Wroblewski
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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. For generations, the Sawtelles have raised and trained a fictional breed of dog whose thoughtful companionship is epitomized by Almondine, Edgar's lifelong companion. But with the unexpected return of Claude, Edgar's uncle, turmoil consumes the Sawtelle's once-peaceful home. When Edgar's father dies suddenly, Claude insinuates himself into the life of the farm – and into Edgar's mother's affections. Read more about Bailey Cove Morning - The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

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